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New start for UCOL’s ‘Class of ‘08’

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New start for UCOL’s ‘Class of ‘08’

This year’s fresh batch of UCOL students will make a little bit of Wanganui history at Orientation Week next week.

They are the first to study on the new campus on Rutland Street and the first to use the sparkling new facilities.

Staff moved into their new quarters two weeks ago and since then they have been preparing for the new intake. They’re predicting there will be a “Wow!” factor when students get their first glimpse of the bright, modern and airy lecture rooms and laboratories, and modern, wireless student study areas.

UCOL’s Orientation Week starts next Monday 25 February, with an official welcome to new students and staff at a powhiri outside the front entrance to the new Atrium. Students will assemble in the Cosmopolitan Club car park over the road before the start of the powhiri at 1 pm. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments in the Atrium.

Neil Buddle from the student association AS@UCOL says the rest of the week is about having fun, getting to know the new campus and making new friends. He says there will have plenty of opportunity to celebrate the start of the academic year before the hard work ahead. The four lunchtime sessions are also an excellent way of finding out about student support at UCOL, including health services, learning support and the library. Themes around staying healthy while a student will help get the year off to a good start.

Four days’ worth of daily lunchtime entertainment and food starts on Tuesday, with a barbecue sponsored by the National Bank. On Friday the menu changes to pizzas supplied by Domino’s, and other treats free to new and returning students.

Neil says there’ll also be plenty of giveaways and competitions throughout the week.

Local sponsors of Orientation week include ALAC, the National Bank, Domino’s Westpac Trust, BNZ and UCOL.

New students will each receive a special, reusable information bag, with a student calendar and details of local student discounts.

The new campus was blessed by local iwi in a dawn ceremony in early January. It will be officially opened in April.


UCOL O Week ramps up the city

UCOL staff and students share their celebrations with the city, when Orientation Week starts next Monday.

Hang out around King and Princess streets and you can catch some of the excitement as new students, returning students and UCOL staff mark the beginning of another academic year.

According to Wikipedia ‘orientation’ means “determining one’s location in one’s surroundings”. Promotions and Events Team Leader Rachel Penman says a lot of it is about helping students find their feet and get to know the UCOL Palmerston North campus.

“To help that process we give each of them a special, reusable information bag, with a student calendar and details of local student discounts.”

But Rachael and student president Jo Hymers say the week is also about having fun, getting to know each other and letting off steam before the hard work ahead.

“This year we are turning on the best programme yet,” Jo says.” Our dedicated team of savvy individuals has been working tirelessly to make Orientation 2008 at UCOL a really memorable start to the year.”

Jo says there’s something for everybody. “UCOL’ S Orientation Weeks are special. For a start, we’re right in the heart of the city so the community can share the fun. Second of all, we turn on entertainment for both students and staff, young and old. This year, for example, there’s a jazz evening at Modena, with the Bop Cats jazz band. At the other end of the spectrum there’s the traditional pub crawl and rock bands and cricket on the Green at UCOL.”

The theme this year is the ‘80s and Jo expects a big turnout for Kiwiana Day on Wednesday when there’ll be hot food and hot bands and big prizes for a competition for the best dressed ‘class of the ‘80s.”

Jo says the Students Association, AS@UCOL, has received great support from local businesses and organisations, including ZM FM, Domino’s Pizza, Downtown Cinemas, Speights “and heaps of others.”

Market Day opens the week on Monday, with stalls, giveaways and music. On Tuesday students will be officially welcomed on to the campus by senior UCOL staff at a powhiri, followed by the traditional Big Breakfast.



Orientation Week 2008

Monday 25th of February
Market Day 10-1pm UCOL Atrium

The day will be well supported by ZM FM and DJ Soul Productions to entertain the crowd. This years Market day will feature stalls from our local business, community services, the aim to give the students good info to make there time at UCOL this year all the more beneficial. Students will be able to enquire about setting up bank accounts, student loans, student support services. The local retailers will be there to provide new and returning students with advice and services on travel, to where to get a local hair cut. There will be plenty of giveaways, the market day, not to be missed.

Theme; Jandles and Sandals
10am Background Music DJ Soul Production
Food Stalls National Bank, ANZ BBQ, Mr Potato
Sports Manawatu – Squash with Portable Court
Young Heart Manawatu – Soccer drills
Manawatu Turbo’s, City Fitness, Volley Ball
Interests: Temp Tats, Bladz Barber
Central Rentals with Competition for weekend hire
STA Travel will have competition for Mile High Club
Student Job Search, Youthline,
Bed barn, Pot plant,
Support organizations Police, SSS, Gamblers Anonymous
1.00pm close down

Tuesday 26th Feb
Powhiri and ZM Big Brunch – The Green

Welcome to UCOL this is your official welcome to the institute. The event is there The ZM big brunch will provide plenty of hot sausages on the BBQ for all our students to enjoy. Tuesday is theme of Super Hero Movie character. We are encouraging student to get out and be bold dress as your favourite character and you could win a prize. Domino's Prize packs up for grabs Entertainment by Rosita Vai & TJ (Rosita Vai won the NZ Idol for 2005)

Theme Super hero - Movie Hero
9.30am Powhiri

10.30am ZM FM - Big Breaky
Domino's Prize Packs to giveaway Best Female, Best Male - Best Flat win Domino's Pizza Pack
10.45am Rosita Vai & TJ (Rosita won the NZ idol for 2005)
Sports Manawatu – Squash, Volley Ball
1.00pm close down

Wednesday 27th Feb
Kiwiana Day Extended Lunch 11-2pm The Green

Celebrating the 80's in the kiwi way. There will be heaps of fun and food on the green; we will have Krumping from the Kry Family and Buddah Stix to keep you grooving. Competition for the "Class of the 80's. Dress up with the rest of your class and you may be into win a Domino's Prize Pack. Central Rentals have a Plasma TV and pizza prize pack to the best looking student flat for the weekend rental. There will be other activities with swing ball, slip and slide and much more.

Theme 1980's Kiwiana clothes
Students Staff to wear Kiwiana clothes from 80's loud and proud
Visors stubbies, Towlin hats. Domino’s Prizes for best outfit
Central Rental BBQ and 10mth free rental prize draw
Games Slip & Slide, swing ball, kissing booth, coconut shy
Lunch time Free Food Burgers by AS@U
Entertainment Kry Family Krumping, Buddah Stix
Karaoke (spot prizes for those who join in)
Slip and Slide, Swing Ball, Kissing Booth, Coconut shy
2.00pm close down

Jazz Evening
Modena Café 723 Main St

Savouring the delight of the Café Modena with the delightful sound of Jazz. The Main street café is putting on a beautiful array of antipasto Plata’s and some very delightful wines included in the price of the ticket. Easily one of the highlights of the week with Excellent Entertainment from Bop Cats, the cafe has a natural urban feel and is able to cater for small or large groups. The ticket includes antipasto Plata’s and two wines.

7.00pm Free 2 x Drink and Antipasto Plata
Tickets limited to 50 @ $10.00 each

Event open to students and public

Thursday 28th Feb
Cricket on the 11am-1pm

How waz Eh.. Will be the cry from the UCOL green on Thursday. Many a time has been spent in the back yard or beach polishing cricket skills with will be in full force when the Manawatu cricket will make there presence against the might of the UCOL allsorts. This game will be unofficially scored but I'm sure there will be some big stories of triumphs from the middle. Thanks to Sports Manawatu for the support.
Theme: 1980 Sporting wear
Theme is 1980's sporting gear Beige for Guys, Pastels for Girls
Cricket on the Green
Sports Manawatu - Cricket
Sports Manawatu - Squash

12.00 Noon Fish & Chips by AS@U

1.00pm close down

Movie Evening Downtown cinema’s

"Movie Evening is a pleasant way to unwind and take in a new release from the Down Town cinema complex. The director of The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith -- Jumper hits theatres February 15, 2008. ..A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds him in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between ""Jumpers"" and those who have sworn to kill them. Thanks to the Downtown complex for there support

Movie Evening Downtown cinemas
New release Jumper 8.15pm Cinema 2
Tickets + Can of food
Tickets limited Exchange 1 Medium Large Can of food for Cinema ticket
$5.00 each + Can of food

Doors open to students and UCOL staff

Friday 29th Feb
AS@U Speights Pub Crawl

Why not party with 150 of your mates, the AS@U Speights pub crawl has been gaining momentum and a reputation as a hilarious night out. We have entertainment, warm up drinks and Domino's Pizza at the AS@U house then off to Albar3, Detriot where we will take on the Velcro fly challenge. A quick trot over the square to the Fitz, then it's time to catch up at the Empty Vessel. Lastly your ticket will get you into Bar Mode where you will be entertained by Horsemen Family feat: Deceptikonz, Savage, Mareko, Sweet & Irie + Guest DJs. Tickets will be limited and are excellent value.

5.00pm Speights Pub Crawl @ AS@U House Registration
Free T shirt and 2 x drinks from AS@U
5.30pm Domino's Pizza @ AS@U
Entertainment by Solo Artist Steve Asplin
Speights supply drinks at AS@U House
6.15pm AllBar 3 Bar Mode
The Empty Vessel
The Fitz Detriot Velcro Promo King Bar Fly
Entry to Deceptikonz Savage, Mareko, Sweet & Irie + Guest DJs

First Drink Free @ each Bar, Entry into Bar Mode for Entertainment
Tickets limited to 150 @ $30.00 each

Tickets Limited to R18 and first 150 people


UCOL Wairarapa O Week goes ‘80s

UCOL students dressed in ‘80s gear could be a common sight around Masterton during this year’s Orientation Week.

O Week starts on Monday 3 March with a lunch hour Scavenger Hunt around the UCOL Wairarapa campus, organised by the local student association, AS@U.

AS@U Coordinator Fiona Flis says it’s just the beginning of a series of lunchtime entertainment throughout the week, including giveaways and competitions.

Students who dress up in ‘80s clothes during the week will be up for instant prizes from AS@U judges planted around the campus.

On Friday there will be a Market Day, with stalls, competitions and giveaways, music and input from local banks, gyms and radio stations.

Fiona says in keeping with the week’s theme, there will be an ‘80s Disco on Friday evening, with more details to come.

UCOL Wairarapa will officially welcome new students and staff at a special powhiri at the Whakaoriori marae on Monday 25 February. The powhiri will be followed by a brunch for all students, provided by the student association.


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